Tamako Love Story JP BD review

The television anime series Tamako Market aired from January until March 2013. Though it was a pleasantly charming series, the director of the show, Naoko Yamada, felt she wasn’t done with the franchise once the final episode was finished. One of the interesting points of the TV show was that it focused around the main character, Tamako Kitashirakawa, but it never focused on her as a character; rather it detailed about the shopping market as a whole instead. Director Yamada wanted to delve into Tamako herself, and given that the theme of the franchise is “love”, what better medium than an adolescent love story? Thus, Tamako Love Story was brought to life. The film opened on April 26, 2014 and was released on video disc October 10, 2014 (mochi day and Mochizo Ooji’s birthday). This is a review for the Japanese Blu-ray release of the film. My thoughts on the film itself can be found elsewhere.

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Blooms are fleeting: Hanasaku Iroha BD volume 9

Beginning over a year ago in April 2011, Hanasaku Iroha became my favorite show last year. The immense visual quality from P.A. Works combined with a wonderful growing up story was an absolute joy for me to view. While it had its ups and downs, overall it was a really well-done series. So now we finish the 9 Blu-ray volumes and conclude the series properly until our new work is released. BDInfo/Photobucket album

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Hanasaku Iroha Volume 7: Blooming love

Last year, P.A. Works broadcast their tenth anniversary work [i]Hanasaku Iroha[/i] beginning in April. The show looked to be amazing throughout the first half, but some episodes near the middle of the series began to show faults. Volume 7 picks up from an amazing focus episode on Nako and starts the final arc of the show! BDInfo/Photobucket album

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Light Music stays on key with K-On! Volume 4!

After the first 11 episodes had aired, it was evident that KyoAni had another huge success on their hands, and the first monster for TBS, with K-On! (Kadokawa had benefited with Haruhi and Lucky Star prior). Keeping with TBS tradition, the final episode that aired was labeled an “extra episode” (since it didn’t appear in the manga) and, like Clannad, there was a bonus episode that came on the final BD volume. The series was greatly anticipated when Bandai announced they had licensed the show at 2010’s Anime Expo and this is the final release of that license. BDInfo/Screencaptures

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The Beat goes on long after you’re dead….

Originally created through discussions in 2008-2009 through Aniplex representatives and the main staff at Key, Angel Beats began airing to much hype in 2010. It would not be an adaptation from one of Key’s visual novels, but an original story instead. The script and most of the music would be created by Jun Maeda, the writer behind the novels Clannad, Air, and Tomoyo After while the designs would be created by Na-Ga, one of the later artists to join Key. The series would be a big hit in Japan, selling over 34,000 per volume. Sentai Filmworks licensed and released the series on BD/DVD for North American audiences this month. This review contains spoilers, but if you’d like a spoiler-free gallery, click here to go to my photobucket album.

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How many leaps does it take to arrive in Blu-Ray?

In 1967 Yasutaka Tsutsui wrote a novel entitled Toki wo Kakeru Shoujou. It was highly received and constantly re-published to new audiences to this day. Several adaptions into live-action were made throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, but what most international fans think about when they hear the translated title is the 2006 animated film. While not a direct adaption of the story, the film takes concepts and applies them in new ways for a new story of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

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